Pro-Life Group Not Giving Up After CNN Rejects Ad on Abortion, President Obama
by Steven Ertelt
February 23, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life Catholic group is not giving up despite CNN rejecting a bid to air its commercial during its coverage of President Barack Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address. The ad depicts Obama as an unborn child and asks what would happen had he been a victim of abortion.
The Fidelis commercial shows a beautiful picture of an unborn child during an ultrasound and says it would have been a tragedy had Obama been aborted.
The goal of the ad is to get Obama supporters to realize that abortion is a bad thing and should be opposed because it deprives the world of people they admire.
This is the same ad NBC prevented from airing during the Super Bowl.
In an email following its earlier comments on CNN rejecting its ad, Fidelis president Brian Burch says his group, which runs the CatholicVote.org web site, is moving forward.
"We aren’t going to sit back and complain. We are still looking at several additional options to air the ad. We are also working on our next ad, and have set our sights high once again," he said. "If you liked what we have done so far, we are confident you will be excited about what is coming next."
Burch said the feedback he has received since initially telling LifeNews.com that CNN rejected the ad tells him it was done for political reasons.
"I discussed the decision by CNN to reject our recent ad with an executive of a prominent commercial ad agency. He said bluntly, ‘Their excuse is a textbook answer for a network that does not want to run your ad,’" Burch said.
The rejection of the ad could have a counter effect.
"Of course, all is not lost. CNN’s refusal will only create more attention for our ad, which has been widely discussed even among abortion groups like NARAL and nationally-syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman," he said. "The ad remains a viral hit on the Internet with over 1.6 million views on YouTube."
"We have successfully provoked a national conversation about the gift of every human life — which is why we created the ad to begin with," Burch concluded.
To see the ad and learn more about CNN’s rejection of it, see LifeNews.com’s previous coverage.
Related web sites:
Fidelis – https://www.fidelis.org
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